The great thing about kitesurfing is that it is a lot easier to learn than windsurfing. Therefore, many kitesurfing centers have started operating in Greece, attracting visitors who want to try this exciting extreme sport. You will find all the necessary equipment for rent in the kitesurfing centers where you can also take lessons to get started.
Where to go kitesurfing in Greece?
In Greece, both the Aegean Sea as well as the Ionian Sea have great kitesurfing spots where you can practice the sport from many beaches. Some of the beaches are particularly famous for kite surfers, especially in the islands of Naxos, Paros, Kos, Rhodes, Lemnos and Karpathos in the Aegean Sea, where you will also find kitesurfing clubs in Mykonos and Santorini as well as on the northern shores of Attica near Athens. In the Ionian Sea, west of the Greek mainland you will find the most famous kitesurfing spots in Lefkada. The best spot in Lefkada is on the long, beautiful beach of Agios Ioannis.
What is the best season for kitesurfing?
In the Aegean Sea, east of the Greek mainland strong winds are blowing for days during the summer, from May to September. In July and August, you will experience the strong Meltemia winds blowing for 2 to 4 days in a row, giving great conditions for kitesurfing. In the northern Aegean, the Meltemia winds come from Northeast, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) they blow from the North and in the southern Aegean they come from Northwest. During the winter season strong winds blow at a speed of 8-9 Beaufort.
In the Ionian Sea the thermal winds start every day around noon, blowing a good 15-25 knots until sunset.
What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing or kite boarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable. There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding which is focused on kitesurfing big waves using a directional board similar to a surfboard.